The Ski Country Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) is a non-profit
501(c)(3) Colorado Corporation, based
in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Club covers a
large portion of western Colorado, including
Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties.
LOCAL EVENTS . . .
Every Tuesday Breakfast at the Village Inn in Glenwood (click here for details)
Every Sunday Club Net at 8:30 pm (click here for details)
Saturday, January 17 Club Meeting 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
at US Bank, located next door to Safeway in Glenwood Springs. The meeting room
entrance is the set of glass doors left (South) of the main entrance.
Presentation: High Frequency Terrain Assessment (HFTA). Stan (KR7C) will be the speaker. In order to build the best possible antenna installation, decisions about antenna location, type, and height need to be made. Another question is whether a particular location is suitable for a QTH. This presentation will provide information on how to obtain accurate terrain data and use it with the HFTA software to help make the decisions required to build a high performance station.
Don't miss this meeting! It is a really cool topic. In addition we will have several club updates repeaters, future club meetings, contests, a field trip in May to Force 12, etc.
FCC license testing about noon by our ARRL VE team. You need a picture ID, Soc Sec # or FRN #, $15 cash/check to the ARRL, and a copy of your license to be mailed if upgrading.
Here is the latest licensing story. LeRoy Snyder passed away this past spring. His son Richard in Prescott AZ just passed his Tech test and now holds his dad's old call KB0RCI.
NEW HAM OPERATOR We have a new Tech! Bob and Sue's granddaughter, Amanda
(14), just received her call sign KG5FJX. Proud parents Steve (N0EEK) and Sarah
(KF5BAX) and grandparents Bob (K9MWM) and Sue (N0DBY). Intense instruction was provided
by Joe (K6WAO).
January 9, 2015 Repeater up date
(146.88 MHz) Turns
out John Banks is the Engineer for KAJX for the 88.9 transmitter on Sunlight. They
had a power supply failure about the same time, and actually had reduced the
power that they put out. He has the replacement parts, and was planning on a
trip up there tomorrow to repair it and work on some other stuff in other
buildings. So, he's aware of the issue and is going to try to see what he can
find and will give me a shout while he's up there to do some testing. He's very interested in resolving the issue, so I think we're headed down the right
Shirley Thomson passed away January 2, 1015 in Redstone, CO. She was the wife of Dave Thomson (deceased) KA0EOJ a longtime member of the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club. Also, the mother of John Thomson (W0IG), the manager of HRO Denver and active supporter of The Colorado Connection. A memorial service will be held Sunday - January 11th at 1 PM at The Church of Redstone. The obituary is available at www.postindependent.com
PRESIDENT'S REPORT FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15-20
This was a busy week for the SCARC. Tuesday we had a crew of 5 up at Snowmass trying to correct an RF noise problem from florescent lights. After a full day - no solution! The crew was Rick (KB0AHR), Bill (N0MID, Jess (W6CKC), Gerry (N6HUQ), and Bob (K9MWM). Larry (K0CL) was in Carbondale giving us a weak signal source all day.
Saturday morning Gerry (N6HUQ) led the communications for Rally the Valley (Valley View Hospital Cancer Center) fund raiser. Assisting were Ken (KB0HP), Tom (KD0WAR), Trish Hittinger (N6SUM) and Sue (N0DBY). Thanks for sacrificing the meeting to support this event.
Our Saturday meeting had great attendance - 31! We had 3 terrific presentations. Jon Banks provided info on Glenwood Springs High's "Solar Rollers" program. This is a solar education program with model car design and racing as the learning vehicle. Fascinating! Anyone interested in contributing can send a check to GSHS - Solar Rollers, Attn: Anne Swanson, 1521 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Steve (K0GUZ) did a wonderful slide show on travel and ham radio operation in South Africa. Nice background material on the country and beautiful pictures. Chuck (N0NHJ) finished the program with his Antarctic experiences over the last 14 years! Wow! Chuck then led the group on a trip to our Sunlight repeater site.
Testing at the September 20, 2014 meeting resulted in our newest Tech; Ken White from Parachute. The picture shows Ken, along with VE Pete (N0ECT), VE Bob (K9MWM) and VE Jess (W6CKC).
We had 17 members attending our Saturday, August 23 Club meeting. Even Sy, AE1V, long time member from Cuzco, Peru attended. The meeting topic was Kit Building. Phil, N0KE, brought in his Heath Kit AT-1 transmitter from his Novice days (late 1950s) and Bob, K9MWM, brought in a box containing an un-built Heath Kit grid dip meter from 1977. Lot of cool kits from the past and present were displayed. Thanks to all who brought in their kits!
In the pictures above (left side), Bob, KI0G, describes his "Magnetic Loop" fishing pole" antenna. It is for backpacking. He uses it to activate SOTA peaks on the 20 mb. You had to be there to see this. Make sure there is no wind when operating! Gary, AC0UZ, is holding the pole demonstrating "fish on"!
GLENWOOD SPRINGS CRUISE-A-THONG
On Saturday, July 19, the seven intrepid SCARC operators pictured below set out to
keep tabs on several hundred revelers (and quite a few pub crawlers) on the
Glenwood Cruise-a-thong. For the
inexperienced, it was a bike ride of 4 or 5 miles, then a walk (in flip-flops or
other water resistant footgear, hence the name) and then a float for half a mile
or so down the Roaring Fork river. The
winners were not the first to finish, but those nearest the “average” time.
Operators were: Clark and Pam Heckert (K3NI, KB3UDU), Ken
and Betty Rahn (KB0HP, KD0YDH), Gerry and Trish Hittinger (N6HUQ, N6SUM), and
Richard Todd (K4ULD). Positioned around the course, we kept an eye on the revelers and a good time
was had by all. Afterward, there was a
big party at Veltus Park which lasted well into the afternoon.
Thanks again to all of the above operators that came out
to help. —Gerry Hittinger (N6HUQ)
FIELD DAY 2014
all who attended the 2014 Field Day. It was a great weekend weather wise but
not that great band condition wise. Wonderful turnout with 54 attendees of
which 41 were licensed hams. Lots of help for the Friday afternoon set up.
Everyone who helped set up received a door prize! We had Field Day hats, pins,
and T-shirts this year.
The morning started with an educational presentation by
Bob (K9MWM) and Eric (K0JEG) on satellite communication. That gave the club
their first 100 point bonus. Next KR7C copied the CW ARRL message for another
100 point bonus. All this before the operating even started. Emit (W0UAW), the
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Colorado, drove over from the
Denver area and did a short presentation on ARES for our club. He also brought
along a couple of able assistants: Lisa (K0UMH) and Greg (N1GEP).
Liam’s (KD0HDF) solar panels provided power for the SSB station
for the full 24 hours. The other stations used generators. Pete (N0ECT)
and Eric (K0JEG) again provided a local network for our logging computers. All
stations were running at the noon start. We had four stations going
The real excitement kicked in about 2 pm when the rumor
was confirmed that one of the astronauts on the ISS space station, Reid
(KF5LKT), was going to be operating voice. We fired up a 50 watt 2mb rig. Ash (KQ0C) was acting as the rotor for the 11
element yagi, while Eric (K0JEG) called CQ for NA1SS, the call sign for the
International Space Station. It took about five minutes and then there was a
big cheer from the group when we heard K0RV QSL from the ISS!
Our annul Field
Day pot luck was another successful event at 6pm Saturday evening. What a spread!
enough food to feed an army, or better yet, an SCARC Field Day crew. Those who were not currently
operating sat around for early evening conversation. The stations churned all
night long. When the sun rose, band conditions improved a bit.
In the end we
had 6,456 points, a full 200 more than 2013. This was due primarily to the CW
group that set a new CW record for the club of 957 contacts, for 3,828 points!
Thanks to the CW ops Stan (KR7C), Phil (N0KE), Christine (K0ALT) and Larry
(N0ACW) for this extraordinary effort.
Well, when noon came around, the tear
down started. I think we set a
record on getting all the equipment packed and stowed away. I was on the road
by 1 PM. Thanks to all who participated in this great event again demonstrating
that hams can provide reliable emergency communications!
ABOUT OUR BLOG Pete (N0ECT) set up a blog for our Club at http://K0RV.Wordpress.com
This is a great place to view and to post pictures, photos, articles, videos, whatever! To post content please contact Pete Buckley at SkierInAvon@Yahoo.com
NEWS FROM OUR CLUB . . .
LeRoy - KB0RCI - Silent Key
Death always has that element of disbelief. LeRoy Snyder (KB0RCI) passed
away Saturday, March 8, 2014. His family was with him at St. Mary's
Hospital at the time. Our sympathy is extended to his family Bonnie Lee
(mother), son Richard and one brother. LeRoy was licensed in
February of 1995. He was the most active volunteer with the Ski Country
Amateur Radio Club. He participated in most public service communication
events from the Owl Creek Chase in the winter (Cross Country Skiing) to
the Bike Ride for the Cure each summer. I'm sure that Navy cap he wore
built that volunteer spirit! LeRoy loved to build antennas and
experiment. One of my early memories was LeRoy bringing his son,
Richard, to a Ham Radio Field Day when he 12. It was a pleasant surprise
to see Richard attend our club's breakfast this morning. He is now
working as an electronics technician in Yakima Washington. It gets
better. He is studying for his Tech license. He will be using LeRoy's
equipment and call in the near future. We miss you LeRoy! SK
2014 YUMA HAMFEST
Eleventh Prize: Kenwood
Winner: Fred Scully (K0VK), Woody Creek, Colorado
Fred is from Colorado but is a regular in the
Yuma area during the winter, when he likes to dry camp in a small motorhome. He
is also a dirt biker. Fred holds an extra class license.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW TECH BEN THORNAL (KD0YWJ)
Pictured above are Phil (N0KE), Ben (KD0YWJ) and Bob (K9MWM) Congratulations, Ben, from the Ski Country ARC VE Team!
CONGRATULATIONS TO GENERAL UPGRADES BETTY & DAVID RAHN
Pictured above are Larry (K0CL), Betty (KD0YDH), Bob (K9MWM) David (KD0WQC) and Bryan (N0THY) Congratulations, Betty and David, from the Ski Country ARC VE Team!
UPDATES FROM BOB LUDKE & GERRY HITTINGER AS OF 12/8/2013
Snowmass #1 (67) is working as a stand-alone. The 440 link transmitter sending to Sunlight died, although the receiver
was still working. Bob Ludtke, Jess
Craig and Gerry Hittinger went up and checked things out and brought it down
for repair. We also have an intermittent
noise problem, a loud rasping buzz that is evidently a mixing problem; it is
only present when someone is transmitting into 67 and disappears when the
user’s carrier drops out. We are trying
to locate the source of the interference.
We would appreciate it if people living/working up-valley would monitor
67 as much as they can and take note of what time of day they hear the
interference and when they don’t. This
might help in figuring out what is causing it.
is now on the air from Bob Ludtke’s house. Bob is awaiting the delivery of a new 450 antenna to improve the link
Echolink is now back on the air from Ken Rahn, KB0HP ’s house.
ANVIL POINTS Bob (KD0WQB)
and Jim (KD0WAJ) will do an attempted run up to the Anvil Points repeater site
this Friday. Snowmobiles? We will know soon. The batteries need topping off at
the solar site as well as some old batteries need hauling out for recycling. Thanks
RALLY THE VALLEY Thanks to all who provided ham radio communications support for the Cancer Center fundraiser on September 21. This is our second year helping out at this bike ride event. Everything went very smoothly, including the weather (it rained last year)!
Gerry Hittinger (N6HUQ) was Net Control and is pictured here. Spread over the course were Bryan Frank (N0THY), Ken Rahn (KB0HP), Leroy Snyder (KB0RCI), Richard Todd (K4ULD) and Joe Sprick (AD0CF).
NEW COOLING FAN INSTALLED AT SNOWMASS REPEATER SITE
On September 20, Ken and Betty Rahn and Gerry Hittinger drove to the Snowmass repeater site
and installed a new fan. Ken and Betty's four wheel drive jeep was a huge help on the rough terrain.
Gerry designed the new fan, which reverses the air
flow, sucking cool air in from outside and letting it blow into the room
through the vents in the closet. He removed the flapper on the dryer
type outlet on the outside of the building and replaced it with a piece
of screen ("mouse guard"!). They also installed a thermostat, now set to 80 degrees, which can easily be adjusted.
HAM TESTING AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING VE Bob (K9MWM), Dave Rahn (KD0WQC) new Tech, VE Bryan (N0THY), VE Fred (K0VK), Brent Williams (KD0WAK) General upgrade,
Bob Glenn (KD0WQB) new Tech, and Jim Legg (KD0WAJ) General upgrade. Congratulations to all those who tested!
SUNLIGHT REPEATER SITE REFURBISHING
Many thanks to those who helped put new siding on our Sunlight repeater building. The before and after pictures show what a huge difference!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RIDE FOR THE CURE (8-17-13) (click here for pictures)
The first annual Susan G. Komen Aspen Ride for the Cure took place
in September, 2005, and SCARC was there. The City of Aspen Events
Coordinator worked with the Komen-Aspen organization to plan and
coordinate the Ride, and they contacted Joe Tuminaro, K6JFT, who
lived in Aspen, and asked him to coordinate the communications.
He set up a communications plan, and SCARC volunteers manned the
sag wagons and the aid stations. Joe soon moved back to
California, but Komen Aspen has continued to rely on SCARC for
Ride communications every year since.
We had 15 hams and 2 spouses volunteer this year: - Sue N0DBY and Bob K9MWM worked at Net Control - Sag Wagons were manned by:
Charles AC0UY accompanied by 4 year old Merrick - Aid Stations were manned by
Christine K0ALT and Mike
Richard K4ULD and Bridget
Thanks to all the above volunteers, the Ride went very smoothly.
Problems at aid stations were communicated and quickly addressed. Sag wagons and aid stations dealt with the few bike failures and
minor injuries speedily and
efficiently. We managed to account for all the Ride participants
and break down aid stations as the Ride progressed.
started at 7:30 AM, and the final rider arrived at the finish line
at Wagner Park by 5:30 PM, the earliest ever finish for the Ride. Komen Aspen has had a lot of personnel changes over the nine years
we've been helping with the Ride. But every year the Ride
coordinator has gratefully acknowledged our help in keeping the
riders safe and the Ride on target. Thanks again to all the
volunteers who helped this year. Hope to have even more
volunteers for future Rides.
ANTENNA REFURBISHING On
Tuesday, July 23, a group led by N0NHJ spent the day refurbishing the Snowmass
repeater installation in the Ski Patrol shack in the basement of the UP 4 Pizza
at the top of the Big Burn ski area at
The main 2M antenna was replaced, most of the cable connectors were
replaced with N connectors, and Polyphaser lightning arrestors were installed
on all the cables where they enter the
Hopefully, we now have
a more robust installation, more resistant to lightning strikes up there at the
top of Snowmass.
Interior of the building (Up 4 Pizza) with a view of the closet where our equipment is housed. Antenna cables with Polyphasers and 2M duplexer is shown.
FIELD DAY 2013 A GREAT SUCCESS! We all had a great time at Field Day this year; 47 people attended and our overall score was 6236
(as compared to 5858 in 2012).
Many thanks to everyone who helped with set-up,
take-down, food and working the stations
for 24 hours. Special
thanks to Prentice (K0VXP) for arranging to let us use such a beautiful venue
did we beat our 2012 score, but we also had the largest test session ever, with
7 individuals testing (see pictures below). Congratulations to all!
Field Day 2013
from Basalt (new Tech)
from Marble (new General)
Shechter from Aspen (new Tech)
Stearns from Eagle (new Tech)
FIELD DAY 2013
Williams from Parachute (new Tech)
Jim Legg from
Silt (new Tech)
MS WALK Thanks to Trish (N6SUM), Charles (AC0UY), Richard (K4ULD), LeRoy (KB0RCI) and Gerry (N6HUQ - not pictured) for providing communications support to the MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon on May 18. Despite rain showers, the event went off without a hitch!
THANK YOU TO PAT & DIANTHA! Many thanks for hosting our annual Foxhunt Potluck Party at your lovely home. As usual, a great time was had by all!
MAY 11 - NEW TECHS Congratulations to Carmen, Bob, Brian and Bill for passing their tech test at the Foxhunt Party.
MARCH 9, 2013 MEETING Thanks to Richard (K4ULD/G4ULD) for his program at the
March meeting. Pete (N0ECT) and Frank (N0AFO) did a great presentation on
"free"phone communication. Thanks to Larry (K0CL) and Steve
(K0GUZ) fortheir behind the scenes work securing a new contract with
one of our
tenants up at Sunlight. That rent helps the club
Thanks to all who worked on the Owl
Creek Chase in Aspen. Sue, N0DBY, was net
control. Many thanks to the
following for volunteering their time and equipment.
Steve (W0SRG), Clark (K3NI), Bill (N0MID), Debbie (KD0IRH), Rob (K0ALN), Charles (AC0UY), LeRoy (KB0RCI), Phil (N6VOD) and Bob (K9MWM).
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Welcome to our new members, Ken Rahn (KB0HP) from Rifle, Tim Stull (KD0TKM) from McCoy and Pierre (AL70C) from Alaksa. We have two new Techs - Steve Legro (KD0UCU) & Dane Hilgenfeld (KD0UCV).
GOT MANUALS? We like to
keep Technician, General or Extra Class license manuals in circulation.
(k9mwm) constantly gets requests for them and it is nice to hand
rather than have someone wait or procrastinate in ordering one. Please
recent manuals to Bob (k9mwm).